Not one, but two book birthdays occurred on Tuesday, October 2nd!

First, New York Times and international bestselling YA author Julie Kagawa has started a brand new series, this time drawing on her Japanese heritage. SHADOW OF THE FOX has We Need Diverse Books co-founder Ellen Oh declaring it “One of my favorite all-time fantasy novels.” Here’s what it’s about:

One thousand years ago, the great Kami dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish–and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos. A new age is about to dawn. But this time, the outcome might change. A fox shapeshifter masquerading as a teen girl is sworn to hide the mysterious scroll. A secret ninja assassin, a teen who has been trained by his clan since birth, is under orders to kill to obtain it. Hunted by demons, gods and shadows, their wary bond may break them…or alter the course of the world.

SHIVERS! Pick up a copy today.


Second, award-winning Melissa Savage’s second middle grade book, THE TRUTH ABOUT MARTIANS, is also out now. After her debut novel, LEMONS, caught the world on fire, everyone wondered how she would follow up Bigfoot. The answer is: The Roswell, New Mexico, UFO crash landing!

Mylo never really believed in Martians…unless they had a starring role in one of his comic books. But then a flying saucer crash-lands next to his Roswell, New Mexico, ranch and he starts to hear voices–like someone is asking for his help.

With his best friend, Dibs, and crush Gracie by his side, and his Cracker Jack superhero membership card, a slingshot, and a small American Flag–for peace–in tow, Mylo sets out on an epic adventure to investigate the crash and find the Martians. But along the way, he and his friends end up discovering more about the universe than they ever could have imagined.